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Gay Russian couple will not appear on Ikea catalogue cover

Photo of gay couple was removed from the competition for the best cover of the Russian IKEA Catalogue. The photo of gay couple, which took lead in Russian contest to become Ikea cover, was removed from the IKEA site in Russia.

Guys have withdrawn their candidacy, and will not appear on the cover of the new catalog of goods. The picture has attracted about 7.5 thousand votes. The IKEA is traditionally friendly to the representatives of non-traditional sexual orientation.

However, in 2013 the Russian catalog was forced to remove an interview with lesbians Clara and Kirsten from the UK amid concerns it was violating a Russian law laws banning homosexual propaganda.

Photo: © IKEA

Earlier it was reported that the two men embracing for the IKEA family photo could win a competition to become cover stars on the latest Ikea Russia catalogue. At the moment, the photo has attracted 6000 likes, while the photo on the second place attracted only 700.

In addition, IKEA company noted that they welcome anybody regardless of their age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion, marital or family status, or any other dimension of their identity managed to contact the main hero of the photo Lev Polyakov. He declined to comment at all, saying that he is not representative of the LGBT community: - Sorry, unfortunately, I can not give you a comment, because my words have been misinterpreted by journalists - Leo said. - I do not belong to the LGBT community representatives and would not want to attract the attention of both its supporters and opponents. Leo also said that the photo was taken as a joke.

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